Motherwell kicked off their 2018/19 pre-season schedule with a friendly win away to Crusaders.
Danny Johnson scored with the last touch of the ball to secure a 1-0 victory in Belfast, with his back post header finding the net in Jordan Owens’ testimonial match.
The Steelmen played two different XIs in each half, giving the majority of the squad who travelled playing time.
New goalkeeper Mark Gillespie and left back Aaron Taylor-Sinclair both got starts, with Peter Hartley also making his return from injury.
The heat at Seaview took the tempo down somewhat, with both sides having a handful of chances to open the scoring.
An acrobatic effort from Ryan Bowman was the visitors’ best attempt, while the hosts were denied by an offside flag and an incredible save from Gillespie.
The second half saw the introduction of a whole new 11 players, including summer recruits Alex Rodríguez Gorrín, Liam Donnelly and Danny Johnson.
And it was the latter who would find the net just before the referee’s whistle.
Elliott Frear, who had been industrious down the left flank, swung the ball to the back post where Johnson was on hand to nod the ball home.
Next up for Motherwell is a closed doors game with Morton on Tuesday, followed by the trip to Darlington next Sunday.